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Prompting Student Curiosity About George Washington’s Decision to Participate in the Constitutional Convention

Posted by: Danna Bell

This post is by Lee Ann Potter, the director of the Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives office at the Library of Congress. In the September 2022 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article shared a spring 1787 exchange between George Washington and Henry Knox …

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Teaching Civic Ideals Using Primary Sources: The Origin and Evolution of the Bill of Rights

Posted by: Danna Bell

Many Americans take for granted the guarantees of the Bill of Rights. However, the story and order of the initially proposed twelve amendments submitted to states for ratification offer an interesting case study for students to analyze and discuss why certain rights were included as a protection against federal encroachment upon citizens' freedom and how they apply to us today.

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Encouraging Student Understanding of Negotiation and the Value of Notetaking during the 1787 Constitutional Convention

Posted by: Danna Bell

In the September 2019 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article featured two pages from James Madison’s Original Notes on Debates at the Federal Constitutional Convention which described the events of Monday, June 18, 1787.